George La Grutta’s Uncle Bingo passed five horses in the last eighth of a mile to score an upset win over Fast Tempo and Racing Naked in Monday’s feature at Colonial Downs. Uncle Bingo paced the mile in 1:50.4 and rewarded his backers with a $30 win mutuel.
Driver Kyle Ater let Uncle Bingo relax in seventh, about eight lengths off of a fast pace for the first three quarters. Fast Tempo shot out to the early lead to cut the opening quarter in :26 before yielding to Racing Naked near the half.
Racing Naked led the field into the turn, getting the half in :53.4 as Uncle Bingo remained unhurried in seventh. Racing Naked crossed the three-quarter fraction in 1:22.2 with a 1 1/4-length lead over Fast Tempo and a seven-length advantage over Uncle Bingo.
Fast Tempo tipped to the outside to launch his bid and Racing Naked dug in stubbornly on the rail in upper stretch. Uncle Bingo found a seam between horses near the eighth pole to launch a powerful rally down the center of the track, blowing by the front steppers in deep stretch to win by 1 3/4 lengths.
Fast Tempo edged Racing Naked for second.
Uncle Bingo was making his first start at Colonial Downs and his first start in the care of trainer Stan Hathaway Jr. The 6-year-old Armbro Operative gelding improved his career record to 26 wins from 134 starts. (Colonial Downs)